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Under their trademark masks and amid a swirl of rumors, the enigmatic electronic music pioneers known as Daft Punk return with their fourth full-length studio album, Random Access Memories. Celebrated for futuristic disco-funk explorations and visually arresting performances, the follow-up to 2005’s blockbusting Human After All and the innovative 2010 soundtrack to Tron: Legacy brings the elusive French duo back into a dazzling spotlight.

EDITORS’ NOTES

Under their trademark masks and amid a swirl of rumors, the enigmatic electronic music pioneers known as Daft Punk return with their fourth full-length studio album, Random Access Memories. Celebrated for futuristic disco-funk explorations and visually arresting performances, the follow-up to 2005’s blockbusting Human After All and the innovative 2010 soundtrack to Tron: Legacy brings the elusive French duo back into a dazzling spotlight.

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Customer Reviews

4.5 out of 5

16436 Ratings

Album of the Year!

KingTurtwig72,

For those who haven't heard the album stream yet, I fully recommend it. Now, here's MY OPINION about this album, so please refrain from any destructive criticism.

1. Give Life Back To Music
The buildup for this track is breathtaking, and as soon as the funky riffs of the legendary Nile Rodgers kick in, it's something to truly enjoy. The vocals mesh perfectly with the track. Wonderful way to start the album, and one of the best of the album.

2. The Game of Love
Bordering between a sensual yet sorrowful track, the groove in this album is incredible, and the vocals truly portray Daft Punk's intent for that human touch. And is it just me, or are there some elements (bass) similar to Something About Us?

3. Giorgio by Moroder
I think I managed to hear some extremely subtle differences between the three microphones used in Giorgio's narration, and it truly is magical about how it drives. Also, the click track pause when Moroder says "but everybody calls me Giorgio" truly makes your heart skip a beat before the synths kick in, and the sounds of the future he speaks of are insane. This is no doubt a great song to dance to! One of the best songs of the whole album, without a doubt.

4. Within
This is certainly an interesting track. as the chord shift at the beginning of the piano intro truly sets a more somber mood after the driving Moroder masterpiece. The subject of this song also brings out that human touch in the vocals. Nice ambience as well.

5. Instant Crush (feat. Julian Casablancas)
This is a new twist on Casablancas' voice, but I can't help but like it. The chorus is definitely what makes this track beautiful. You truly feel this track, and it would have been a nice single.

6. Lose Yourself to Dance (feat. Pharrell Williams)
I was somewhat disappointed when I found out that the alleged 15-second ad teasing this track was not for this song (real song is Yellowire - Tonight Is The Night). However, this is no doubt a highlight track. Pharrell's vocals are absolutely perfect for this track, and Nile Rodgers never ceases to work his magic on this record. The vocoders are a wonderful accompaniment for this song. It just makes you want to dance! Truly could be the track of the summer, and this would be the best option for another single.

7. Touch (feat. Paul Williams)
The opening on this track could be seen as a nice one, but I could see how some could get bored of the first few minutes of it. However, Williams' voice truly is serene in this track, and as it progresses, it makes you want to get up and dance. The vocoder and choir verse is truly magical, harmonic with the sweet notes of the piano. This song is definitely one of the most experimental ones, and definitely one of the most interesting, as the many different smaller tracks make this a standout song.

8. Get Lucky (feat. Pharrell Williams)
I love this song. The bass and Nile's riffs make this such a smooth groove, and the album version is so much more incredible than the radio edit, in my opinion. Hard to get tired of this song.

9. Beyond
Paul Williams' lyrical genius blossoms once again in this track, and the repetitive guitar riff drives this track forward. Really calm, chilled-out groove.

10. Motherboard
You can hear so many rhythms similar to the TRON soundtrack, but so much differently. The ambience in this track has a nice feel to it, and it does bring forth a breathtaking, future-type melody.

11. Fragments of Time (feat. Todd Edwards)
Welcome back, Todd Edwards. This truly does make me think of cruising by the sunset and seeing the California palm trees. It might not be a Face to Face, but it's a nice, catchy song, nevertheless.

12. Doin' It Right (feat. Panda Bear)
This track is great from the start, as the vocals really do pull you in, and as the percussion kicks in, you can't help but move with the beat. Panda Bear's vocals are great in this song, and the second half of the track has a nice rhythm. Ending is slightly sudden.

13. Contact
What a phenomenal closer. Daft Punk and DJ Falcon chose great samples for this track, and if you don't get chills during this song ... try again. I feel like some of the elements from Rollin' & Scratchin' are in this song, and the last few minutes of this track are intense. Once again, great closer!

One complaint is that I would have liked to have the bonus track (Horizon) available in the U.S.

This album may not be for everyone, as there are few elements that remind us of the Discovery- or Homework-era Daft Punk, but we were warned that it was a departure from that scene. I feel that Daft Punk does a great job of going back to the roots and getting that human touch to dance back. Without the drops. Without the headbangers. Just nice, groovy jams. Album of the year right here. Deserves all five of these stars.

It's not bad, but definitely not good

Kevin333,

Lets be honest, while the works are decent, I'd say everyone had far higher expectations for this album. personally, I believe Daft Punk set the bar pretty high with their previous works and RAM does just not live up to what we've come to expect from Thom and Guy-Man. I understand what the ideal was behind this album but i respectfully disagree with it. They sacrificed too much of their own sound when working with the collaborators. I know there will be the hoard who defends their every move to the very end and in saying so, I acknowledge that I am one of their huge fans but if I am honest with myself all i can say is this; while I can appreciate the curveball they've thrown, I would have preferred something else more akin to their previous discography. I believe 99% of people will agree that this is not the masterwork they looked forward to in the anticipation of Random Access Memories.

About Daft Punk

Even as they evolved from French house pioneers in the '90s to dance tastemakers in the 2000s to mainstream heroes in the 2010s, Daft Punk remained one of dance music's most influential and iconic acts. The combined talents of Guy-Manuel de Homem-Christo and Thomas Bangalter, the Parisian duo quickly won acclaim for their unique blend of first-wave acid house and techno with pop, indie rock, and hip-hop. One of the pair's first projects together was Darling, an instrumental indie cover band; their current recording name derives from a review in U.K. music weekly Melody Maker of a compilation tape Darling were featured on, released by Krautrock revivalists Stereolab (their lo-fi D.I.Y. cover of a Beach Boys song was derided as "daft punk"). Subsequently ditching the almost inevitable creative cul-de-sac of rock for the more appealing rush of the dancefloor, the pair released their debut single, "The New Wave," in 1993 on the celebrated Soma label. Instantly hailed by the dance music press as the work of a new breed of house innovators, the single was followed by "Da Funk," the band's first true hit (the record sold 30,000 copies worldwide and saw thorough rinsings by everyone from Kris Needs to the Chemical Brothers).

Although the group had only released a trio of singles ("The New Wave" and "Da Funk," as well as the 1996 limited pressing of "Musique"), in early 1996 Daft Punk were the subject of a minor bidding war. The group eventually signed with Virgin, with its first long-player, Homework, appearing early the following year (a brief preview of the album, "Musique," was also featured on the Virgin compilation Wipeout XL next to tracks from Photek, Future Sound of London, the Chemical Brothers, and Source Direct). As with the earlier singles, the group's sound is a brazen, dancefloor-oriented blend of progressive house, funk, electro, and techno, with sprinklings of hip-hop-styled breakbeats and excessive, crowd-firing samples similar to other anthemic dance-fusion acts such as the Chemical Brothers and Monkey Mafia. In addition to his role in Daft Punk, Bangalter operates the Roulé label and has recorded under his own name (the underground smash "Trax on da Rocks") as well as Stardust (the huge club/commercial hit "Music Sounds Better with You").

After four long years of fans eagerly awaiting a follow-up to their brilliant debut, Daft Punk finally issued Discovery in March 2001. The live record Alive 1997 followed at the end of the year, and a by-now predictable four-year wait preceded the release of Human After All in early 2005. One year later, Daft Punk released a compilation, Musique, Vol. 1: 1993-2005, and in 2007 their second live record, Alive 2007, arrived. The album and its single "Harder, Better, Faster, Stronger" won Grammy Awards early in 2009; shortly after, it was announced that the duo would compose the soundtrack to Tron: Legacy, the sequel to the 1982 classic sci-fi film Tron. Daft Punk's music for the movie was released in November 2010, shortly before the film -- which featured the group in a cameo -- arrived in theaters.

Early in 2013, Daft Punk announced that they planned to have a new album released by May of that year. That March, the duo announced the album's title, Random Access Memories, and also launched an extensive press campaign featuring snippets of the album's lead single, "Get Lucky," and interviews with some of their collaborators (Nile Rodgers, Paul Williams, Giorgio Moroder, Panda Bear). The single was officially released in April, and Random Access Memories arrived in May. The album became one of Daft Punk's biggest successes, ultimately winning Grammy Awards for Best Dance/Electronica Album, Album of the Year, and Best Engineered Album, Non-Classical. "Get Lucky" earned Grammys for Best Pop Duo/Group Performance and Record of the Year. In 2014, the duo appeared on Pharrell's album G I R L and collaborated with Jay-Z on the song "Computerized." A 2015 documentary titled Daft Punk Unchained charted their history from the '90s into the 2010s, featuring interviews with Rodgers, Pharrell, and Kanye West, among others. The duo remained active, collaborating next with the Weeknd's Abel Tesfaye on a pair of songs from his 2016 album Starboy, including the number one hit title track. ~ Sean Cooper

  • ORIGIN
    Paris, France
  • GENRE
    Dance
  • FORMED
    1992

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